Librivox recording of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving.
The quiet Dutch community of Sleepy Hollow lay in the Adirondack mountains on the western shore of the mighty Hudson River in America's colonial period. The solitude of the woods was breathtaking, and not even a schoolmaster was immune from the eerie miasma which everyone knew permeated the dense forest. Written in 1820, Washington Irving's The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow has become a classic of American literature, and has been retold in many different ways. Here is the original, from Irving's own hand. (Summary by Chip)
November 3, 2017 Subject:
So-So Story Wonderfully Read
The reader really knows his business. Flawless narration, very expressive.
I don't like endless descriptions of dells and flowers and brooks. Unless description is closely tied to action, philosophical observation, or psychological insight, I fail to appreciate the tale, and it wearies me. Many of Irving's descriptions seem to have no other purpose than to pretty up his paper. The horse chase is exciting, though. I enjoyed that.
October 29, 2017 Subject:
What a wonderful, highly descriptive story read by a quite artistic (vocally) person
Having never in my 75+ years taken the time to read anything
W. Irving wrote, much less listen to any story, this was quite a treat.
October 7, 2011 Subject:
I really enjoyed this...
A short but excellent story, well eprformed.
Reviewer:S David Shane
March 21, 2011 Subject:
A brilliant reading of an American classic
Wonderfully read and well worth the listen.
The story's description, as provided by the author, is a bit off the mark. The story takes place on the eastern shore of the river in the lower Hudson Vally, in present day Tarrytown, a long way south of the Adirondack's (and the more nearby Catskill mountains).
March 18, 2011 Subject:
I have listened to hours of recorded books, many of them librivox recordings and this is one of the very best I have heard. Well read and great emotion made it very easy to listen to. Absolutely wonderful!